UPDATED WITH BREAKING BLOG NEWS: JURY VERDICT IN ROLEX ROBBERS CASE.
The unintended consequences of the budget cuts in the Justice System are detailed here in this DBR article. DBR
From the article that details the delays in a criminal case in which a person was shot and his wife was murdered: "The Sutton case illustrates what may end up becoming a constitutional crisis of massive proportions in the state’s court system. The state is struggling through a budget shortfall and cuts in the court system are hampering prosecutors, courts and public defenders."
EDWARDS DROPS OUT:
Rumpole's choice for President, John Edwards, has dropped out of the race, marking the first time since 1968 when Rumpole's choice was not on the ballot (Robert Kennedy).
SUPREME COURT ARGUMENTS
June will be a busy month for Rumpole as he takes time away from research on disorderly intoxication to watch three cases that are being argued before the Supreme Court:
Tuesday, April 15
No. 07-330, Greenlaw v. United States (on circuits courts’ power to enhance criminal sentences sua sponte)
No. 06-7517, Irizarry v. United States (on notice to parties before departing from sentencing guidelines)
Wednesday, April 16
No. 07-343: Kennedy v. Louisiana (on the constitutionality of the death penalty for child rape)
A Picture Speaks a Thousand Words:
A special REGJB prize awaits the first loyal reader who emails us a picture of the lines to get in the Justice Building on a Monday. If you want the prize you will have to identify yourself in the email, but we will keep your identity confidential. (And if there's anything we've shown we can do in the last two plus years, it's keep a secret.)
You join FACDL. You pay your dues. Then they say they will do something nice to help remember Sy Gaer. And then nothing. No picture in the lobby. No black book. Nothing. Lots of talk, no action. You would think they are in training to become a chief judge.
ROLEX ROBBERY CASE TO THE JURY?
The two defendant murder-robbery case before Judge Reemberto Diaz is wrapping up today. As soon as the jury has a verdict (and the Herald reports it) we'll be the "first" to let you know.